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Req ID: 113099

Location: Provincial Zone, Corporate Office

Company: NSHA

Department : RSH Director Rsh Innov&Discovery & CNE

Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly FT (100% FTE) x 1 position(s)

Union Status: Management/Non Union MGMT/NON-Union

Posting Closing Date: 6-Jun-21

Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM on the Closing Date.

Nova Scotia Health Authority is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia. We are over 22,000 employees who provide health care and support services in hospitals, health centres and community-based programs throughout Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Health Authority provides health services to Nova Scotians and some specialized services to Maritimers and Atlantic Canadians. We operate hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. Our team of health professionals includes employees, doctors, researchers, learners and volunteers that provide the health care or services you may need. This is accomplished across four geographic management zones which are responsible for the operation of acute care health centres and the provision of a variety of inpatient, outpatient services including academic, tertiary, quaternary care and community based programs and services including continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions.


Reporting to the Director of Communications, Research, Innovation and Discovery, and as part of the Nova Scotia Health Communications and Public Engagement team, the Senior Communications Advisor, Research, Innovation and Discovery is responsible for developing and maintaining a strategic integrated approach to communications, public relations and engagement activities in support of the research, innovation and discovery ecosystem in Nova Scotia. Working with the Research, Innovation and Discovery leadership and communications teams, colleagues in communications portfolios with Nova Scotia Health, IWK, DHW, government departments, universities and colleges, and key external stakeholders, this position provides communications leadership and advice to support priorities and facilitates actions that serve both the organization's and stakeholders' perspective.

In addition to superior communication skills and engagement expertise, the role requires an understanding of the research, innovation, and discovery ecosystem, including research activities, business development and commercialization (innovation), and implementation science / learning health system and interprofesional practice and learning, and the capacity to apply this knowledge in developing communications strategies and materials. This position helps build and support a culture of internal and external communications and stakeholder engagement which is time and politically sensitive, consistent, and reflective of the goals and objectives of the Research, Innovation and Discovery portfolio that enhances understanding and awareness of Nova Scotia Health's role as a leader in the research, innovation and discovery ecosystem. An in-depth understanding of the strategies and optimal communication methods used to engage and support researchers and innovators is considered integral to the role.

Demonstrating leadership behaviours and capabilities consistent with LEADS in a caring environment framework, which include Lead Self, Engage Others, Achieve Results, Develop Coalitions, and System Transformation, the Senior Communications Advisor focuses on evidence-based strategic communications initiatives and supporting day to day communications operations for the Research, Innovation and Discovery portfolio. Working with leaders, researchers and innovators, physicians, staff and learners throughout Nova Scotia Health, as well as health system partners, this position ensures the Research, Innovation, and Discovery portfolio's communications are timely, relevant and effective upholding the mission and values of Nova Scotia Health.


  • Undergraduate degree and/or post-secondary study in communications, public relations, journalism or a related field, or equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Minimum of five years' relevant experience in a communications and public relations role
  • Experience in the health sector and specifically working with researchers, innovators, scientists and learners is considered an asset
  • Knowledge of best practice related to corporate communications, public relations, media relations, engagement (public, staff and learners, physicians, researchers and innovators), crisis communications and web and online engagement
  • Demonstrated success in influencing thinking while demonstrating Nova Scotia Health values and principles
  • Experience in media relations and coaching spokespeople to proactively share their research and innovation successes
  • Experience in storytelling, including first person experience to include patient impact.
  • Experience in managing high profile public relations issues and in reputation management.
  • Experience in government relations, building and maintaining relationships and influencing decisions and actions related to high priority topics.
  • Experience in public engagement, facilitating community engagement events.
  • Experience in physician and researcher engagement, including working directly with physicians
  • Experience engaging, mentoring, empowering teams in a participatory environment
  • Communications Management Professional (CMP) or Certified Health Executive (CHE) are considered an asset
  • Knowledge of IAP2 principles and practices considered an asset
  • Strategic and system-focused thinking with strong analysis and decision-making skills
  • Exceptional communication, presentation and organizational skills
  • Interest and ability to work within social media; ability to use current technology to communicate effectively
  • Ability to build internal and external collaborative relationships; proven ability to work effectively with many internal and external stakeholders and the ability to work effectively within cross-departmental teams
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects, delivering on budget and on time
  • Competencies in other languages an asset; French preferred

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must clearly state such equivalencies in their cover letter, resume, or application. Additionally, candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information.

Hours of Work

Hours of Work

Permanent, full-time position; 75 hours bi-weekly

Anticipated start date

  • June 28, 2021

This date is anticipated and subject to change.

Salary Information


  • $46.3765

Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Typically interviews are held within three to four weeks of the closing date.

Successful external applicants will be required to submit the below documents and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment. Additional documentation such as banking & proof of identity will be included in your offer letter.

  • Criminal Record Check
  • Proof of education & training certifications
  • Proof of any additional required qualification
  • Valid registration with the relevant licensing body
  • Submission of immunization record along with health assessment documentation
  • Proof of SIN number

Hiring Process will depend on the timeliness of delivering the above. This is a Management/Non Union bargaining unit

  • MGMT/NON-Union position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. Nova Scotia Health Authority is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment. Only online applications are accepted.

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. Our priority groups are Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, Persons with Disabilities and Recent Immigrants. Members of these groups are welcome to apply and self-identify if they wish to be considered under our Employment Equity policy.

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